International Maritime Arbitration

London is still the dominating International Maritime Arbitration Centre:

But Singapore and Hong Kong are coming up behind. Both because they are former British Crown Colonies and still follow British Law. (In HK; for how much longer is an open question)

HongKong was definitely in the running but it is not just expatriates that are digging through the top drawer for their passports, so I think the horse has bolted.
The downturn in British manned shipping in the early 80’s resulted in a number of younger officers using redundancy payments to return to academic institutions to change career. I personally knew of two who pursued a law degree and are now judges sitting in admiralty court in London.
Singapore has also built up expertise in arbitration with the excellent education offered and the experience of the expatriate community, now largely retired, who tutored the Singaporean’s now in charge.

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